April 8, 2013 by eric echols
Do you ever find yourself playing with your kids but thinking about work? I know I have. As a pastor, there have been times when I’ve been so preoccupied with thinking about the church that I’ve missed out on golden opportunities with my family.
Apparently, many pastors feel like the ministry is getting in the way of their families. I recently read that 80% of pastors feel that ministry has negatively affected their family. While I personally do not feel this way at all…I can see how pastors fall into the trap of putting their ministry before their family. After all, it is the “Lord’s work”.
But the truth of the matter is: You cannot effective lead the church until you’ve effectively led your family.
Remember, no one reaches the end of their life saying, “I wish I had spent more time working at the church.” You only get one shot at raising your kids and being the husband your wife needs. Make it count!
In tomorrow’s post, I’ll set out the boundaries I’ve created to put my family before my ministry.